Schuyler Wheeler was born in New York City back in 1860 to James and Annie. Educated at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School. His father died in 1881, causing him to leave college. He became as assistant electrician of the Yablochkov Electric Lighting Company. That company folded in 1883, so he went to work for someone you may know Thomas A. Edison.
He was the general manager of the underground distribution system at Newburgh, New York, afterwards he was in charge to lay the Edison underground systems in other cities. In 1886, he was part of the team developing and organizing C and C Electric Motor Company.
In 1906, he developed the Code of Ethics for electrical engineers, it was adopted in 1912 by the Institute’s Board of Directors. He died in 1923, from angina pectoris at his home in Manhattan.
What you may not know about Schuyler Wheeler is that he was also an inventor, he invented the electric fan, the electric elevator and the electric fire engine. So, the next time you turn on that overhead ceiling fan or any fan for that matter you now know who invented it.
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